Youthreach is the Department of Education and Skill’s official education, training and work experience programme for young people aged 16-20 years who have left school early. Its aim is to develop the core skills needed for further learning and to prepare young people to progress to further education/training or to employment. There are six Youthreach centres across the county in Ballyshannon, Buncrana, Glengad, Gortahork, Letterkenny and Lifford.
What courses are available in Youthreach?
Youthreach offers young people a wide range of learning and training opportunities. A range of national QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) qualifications are provided at Levels 2 (General Learning), 3 (Employability Skills) and 4 (General Learning). Subjects include art and craft, catering, computers, childcare, hairdressing, health and fitness, literacy, numeracy, office skills, outdoor pursuits, personal development, woodcraft and many more. Work experience is also an important part of the Youthreach Programme. Other qualifications include Basic Food Hygiene, ECDL, First Aid and Gaisce Awards.
Centres provide an extensive Health Promotion Programme covering areas such as Positive Mental Health, Sexual Health, Alcohol and Drugs, Road Safety, Citizenship and Money Management.
The Youthreach programme is free to early school leavers, aged between 16 and 20 years old. Learners are paid a training allowance to undertake their course (€45 for 16-17, €203 for those aged 18+ years).
How to apply for Youthreach
You can apply for Youthreach at any time of the year either by contacting your nearest centre through the numbers on the right, applying online through www.fetchcourses.ie (use Youthreach as your keyword) or complete this Enquiry Form and your nearest centre will get back to you. For further information download the following information brochure.
Youthreach is co-funded by the Government of Ireland, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.
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